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Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

So, I actually found out about Her Name Is Mud on Etsy through Instagram, of all places! My Internet pal Molly, of Almost Makes Perfect, shared something she had snagged from Krista’s shop last year, and it took about .05 seconds for me to click over to the @hername_ismud feed for a closer look at the rest of this new-to-me artisan’s work.

Long story short, it took much less than .05 seconds for me to give Krista an “official” follow on Instagram thanks to her gorgeous, bright posts, and I’ve loved everything she’s published and launched in her shop since then. Keep scrolling for a list of links to the things I currently have my eye on in the Her Name Is Mud Etsy shop.

Favorites From Her Name Is Mud

1. Mustard Earrings

2. Leaf Ornaments

3. Clay + Cord Wall Hanging

4. Cactus Ring Cone

5. Terrazzo Ornaments

6. Geometric Ceramic Earrings

7. Rustic Salt Cellar

8. Geometric Wall Hanging

Did something special catch your eye from that list? Hop through to Etsy here because there’s sooooo much more to see. Krista’s work is really unique, and she’s got a lot of variety available, too—earrings, wall hangings, pins, functional kitchen vessels, and even cake toppers.

Oh, and if you love watching the process of artists actually working with clay, then follow Krista on Instagram. She’s really good at sharing sneak peeks of her process, and I’ve learned so much from her already. I can’t wait to see what Krista does next!

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

*This post is sponsored by AVA Grace Vineyards.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

Guess what?! Dream Green DIY turns eight years old today! I’m so excited to kick off the weekend with this milestone in mind, and have lots of big plans to make sure I celebrate the occasion right.

Of course, I’ll be raising a toast or two to my eighth year as an entrepreneur (my new favorite springtime wine varietals are called out in the list below), I have tickets to the symphony, and I might just bake myself a big strawberry pie as a final treat. Keep scrolling for more inspiration in case you’re celebrating something big this weekend, too!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

1. I couldn’t possibly start celebrating without first saying a HUGE thanks to all of you. Dream Green DIY wouldn’t exist without your incredible support, enthusiasm, and visits, so from the bottom of my heart…thank you…You have literally made my dreams come true, and I hope I can return the favor with many more years of inspiring ideas, projects, and posts!

2. I was recently introduced to wine from this vineyard, and can’t get enough of their Chardonnay and Rosé—perfect for spring! BONUS: Watch my Instagram Stories today for must-taste wine notes from those two bottles.

3. These are still my favorite wine glasses for special occasions.

4. Want to try a version of my strawberry pie in your own house this weekend? I always start with this recipe, but instead of using the water it calls for, I use 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the Rosé wine I linked to above. I actually tend to double the recipe to make two pies at once, and freeze the second one for later in the season. Delicious!

5. With eight years worth of up-all-nights and deadlines under my belt as I keep this “one woman show” running, I definitely plan to take some much-deserved time off in our living room with nothing but that aforementioned glass of wine and a movie. This is a recent favorite one to rewatch.

6. While my weekend ahead is all about relaxing and celebrating, I’m excited to start my ninth year with an extra burst of momentum. This career website is a go-to of mine as I look forward to the next eight years.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

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My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

I think I’ll go ahead and blame the cold weather, but I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Even during my mid-day lunch break I find myself defaulting to 30 minutes on the couch with my sandwich and the remote to catch up on a little West Wing in between work to-do’s. It’s not good, and I honestly wonder if all the headaches I’ve been getting lately have to do with my time in front of the television.

Now that the days are finally starting to get a little warmer, though, I found myself this past week choosing a book over a TV show or movie. There’s just something so calming about losing myself in a good book, and that sense of peace is even stronger when I’m able to head out to the sunroom to soak up that springtime sun while cuddling with my book.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Inspired by this newly reformed habit, I put together a quick post for the Scotties blog all about how to make your own DIY bookmarks out of empty tissue boxes. The post you’re reading here on Dream Green DIY today isn’t sponsored and the brand isn’t paying me to mention the story that I wrote for their site, but I really loved the way the project turned out, and thought you guys might get something creative out of it, too!

See the full tutorial this way, and then keep scrolling here on DGD for a breakdown of the books and magazines I personally plan to work my way through this spring.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List

1. Domino Magazine: The spring 2019 issue of this quarterly mag is one of my favorites ever from them. It’s packed with beautiful home tours, and there’s even a cool story all about emerging ceramists. I’m already planning to reread it.

2. The President Is Missing: Another one I’m planning to reread is this novel co-written by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. It’s one of those super fast-paced books that almost forces you to skim through the action to get to the finish line. I’m sure I missed some really clever details, so I’m keeping it within easy reach on my nightstand.

3. Daisy Jones & The Six: Word on the web is that this 1970s-rock-band-centered bestseller is going to be turned into an Amazon series (with help from Reece Witherspoon!). Count me in.

4. Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining: This one actually comes out tomorrow, and is one coffee table book I could definitely see myself reading from cover to cover.

5. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave: My sister and I bought this book for my mom and dad as an early housewarming gift since they’re now thinking about how to decorate a new-to-them home. Before handing the book over, though, I couldn’t help but peruse the intro and first chapter. I might need to borrow it from Mom (or buy my own copy) because it’s surprisingly well-written and insightful!

6. The Southern Side of Paradise: I’m totally obsessed with the The Peachtree Bluff Series written by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and recently found out that the last book is set to be released in May. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and might not even come up for air while I’m reading it.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Did I leave a book off the list that you’re excited to dive into this spring? Do tell in the comments below because I’m always looking for suggestions. I tend to ramp up my reading in the spring, but I go absolutely NUTS with it in the summertime, so I need all the recommendations I can get. And be sure to visit the Scotties website next so you can peruse the DIY bookmarks tutorial that I produced for them—happy spring reading, everybody!

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Hallelujah, it’s Friday! This week was incredibly stressful to start as things continued to go back and forth with that thing I mentioned last week. I know I shouldn’t be so emotionally invested in something that doesn’t really even involve us, but I just want what’s best for my parents. That, and I think I started to realize just how much fun it would be to help decorate a Dutch Colonial house!

Anyway, I’d love your help sending positive vibes to my family as they work out all the small details that go along with real estate transactions. I think we’re pretty much in the home stretch now, though (pun intended!). At any rate, I’m hoping to lay low this weekend as I come down from the highs and lows, but here’s a list of creative links and ideas to occupy your own time off these next two days.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

1. I’m working on building out a big spring reading list for next week, so this weekend is going to be spent doing a little research. Do you have any titles you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments here so I can add them to the list before next week.

2. You know I couldn’t talk about weekend to-do’s without mentioning at least one retro craft! I love the mid-century vibes of these hand-decorated wine glasses.

3. If you’re feeling gutsy and want to break out bigger tools (like paint brushes and drop cloths), give the gorgeous paint color used in this guest bedroom a try somewhere in your home. I might just follow suit as soon as I have more time on my hands.

4. Feeling bored as you wait for 5:00 p.m. to roll around? Pass the time with this test to find out what your interior design style is. (I’m a Modern Minimalist!)

5. In case a Netflix binge is in order for you this weekend, here’s a roundup of new titles already streaming and coming soon this month.

6. You could try your hand at installing under-cabinet lighting this Saturday and Sunday, or maybe restyle your open kitchen shelving using our list of tips.

7. If you can’t be bothered to do anything but lay around in PJs with your laptop (I don’t blame you!), check out J.Crew’s 40% off sale, going on now through Sunday. I’m personally considering this denim top.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

I’m really sorry for the short posts this week, guys, but it’s all for a very exciting reason! My parents are moving here from an hour and a half out of town, and this week has been full of big stuff (think: inspections, last-minute home tours, offers submitted and ACCEPTED).

It’s been a little on the emotional, albeit exciting, side of things and I’m right there in the thick of things with them since they live a ways away and I want to make myself as available as I can for them. Fingers crossed that it all works out, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the design inspiration I’ve pulled together to help distract my parents from the “not fun” stuff, like contracts. Maybe when all is said and done they’ll let me share new room tours, furniture makeovers, and before/after renovations using their new home as a blank canvas! Would you be into that?

Anyway, until things settle down behind the scenes with that, posts might be a little on the shorter side around here. Luckily, I’ve built up a solid collection of stories for Hunker over the past month, so I’ll be able to send you along to their website to read my longer-form words if that’s what you prefer. Enough of my scatterbrained rambling, though…Let’s get to this week’s list of cool links!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

1. As spring inches its way closer and closer, I can’t help but crave fresh sweet treats like the homemade lemon lavender muffins I made last year with the folks over at Farmhaus Coffee Co.

2. This list of 28 ethical clothing brands to support really caught my eye since I’ve become more interested in “slow fashion” in the last six months or so.

3. Thanks to the list I linked to above, I discovered a new-to-me sustainable brand to love (not to mention this amazing striped box-top!).

4. Need more shelf styling motivation ahead of the weekend? Here’s everything you need to get started.

5. Spring might be less than two weeks away, but that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly going to be 70 degrees outside. So I’m bookmarking this tutorial for a DIY flannel frog to keep my feet warm throughout the transition.

6. What a smart way to rethink wallpaper!

7. Have you scoped out Collection No.5 in the DGD Pottery shop yet? A handful of items are still on sale through the weekend, so don’t wait if you’ve had your eye on something.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

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Striped Home Accents We’re Loving

Striped Home Accents We're Loving

With all the decorative patterns in the world (namely, all over Pinterest—who else gets sucked down that rabbit hole on a weekly basis?!), I sometimes forget that simple ones do exist. I appreciate an intricate repeated Moroccan tile just like pretty much everybody else, but I think I’ll always, always come back to classics, like stripes.

To be honest, though, I was a little worried that I’d be able to find a dozen really unique, modern versions of striped home accents to share with you guys today, but my search led me to all sorts of gorgeous options worthy of consideration. The list below proves that it’s very much possible to update this simple pattern to suit your home in 2019 (and beyond).

Striped Home Accents We’re Loving

1. Grey and Navy Blue Geometric Striped Ceramic Round Vase

2. Brookneal 1000 Thread Count Striped Cotton Blend Sheet Set

3. 2pk Striped Kitchen Towel

4. LR Home Montego Decorative Storage Basket

5. Rachelle White Stripe Bottle Table Lamp

6. Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace Bath Rug

7. Quilted Wall Tapestry

8. Horizontal Solid Stripe Throw Blanket

9. Boyes Armchair

10. Stone & Beam French Laundry Stripe Pillow

11. Cotton Rope Basket with Handle

12. Quilt Texture Stripe

Do you have a favorite from that list? I’m absolutely, positively head-over-heels for that armchair. I can’t personally vouch for its comfort, but I wouldn’t mind testing it out for you (if only I had room for another chair). I’m also of the mind that a person can never have too many striped kitchen towels, so these are also at the top of my wish list.

Share your favorite pick in the comments, and I’d also love to know if there’s a particular simple-yet-classic pattern other than stripes that you come back to over and over again.

Striped Home Accents We're Loving

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 49

Weekend Inspiration: No. 49

Who’s ready for a weekend full of rest and relaxation? After a whirlwind trip to North Carolina last weekend to visit with my sister (not to mention a busy week afterward in my office catching up), I’m planning to head into the next two days with absolutely nothing on my to-do list. I’ve got a frozen pizza with my name on it in the freezer and a newly checked-out copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on the coffee table, but that’s about all I have planned. Come Monday, I’ve got another jam-packed work week ahead, so this weekend is going to be my way of gearing up for lots of exciting new projects that I have in the works.

What do you have planned? Maybe some shopping? Painting a room in your home or apartment? Or are you, like me, planning to lay extra low and stay in PJs all day? Let me know in the comments below, and then keep scrolling to find out what caught my eye in between work deadlines this past week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 49

1. The only other thing I might actually consider doing this weekend is propagate a few of our houseplants using this handy guide.

2. I wrapped up one final project for the team at Oriental Trading before (amicably!) parting ways with the brand last month. See my 10 DIY Wall Hanging Ideas story on their Fun365 website this way!

3. This small space kitchen makeover makes me want to paint our cabinets white. Is that crazy?!

4. Speaking of pretty kitchens, I’m smitten with the green paint they used here to freshen up the space.

5. How beautiful is this removable wallpaper?! I love how Emily Henderson used it in this office makeover.

6. In case you missed it, Collection No.5 went live in the DGD Pottery shop earlier this week. See what’s left of the six new items on Etsy here.

7. My trip to North Carolina last weekend made me want to book another trip out of town ASAP. Remember when my sister and I went to DC and stayed at the Watergate Hotel last March? I’m considering a return stay in May or June.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 49

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Etsy Spotlight: Wise Apple Vintage

Etsy Spotlight: Wise Apple Vintage

If you’re new to Dream Green DIY, then you might not know that this is more than just a one-woman show. Nikki McIntosh, the founder of Wise Apple Vintage, has been helping me with marketing for about two years now, and I can’t even fathom what work life was like before she joined me here at DGD. She helps every day to make sure you guys see new posts (and old posts, too) by scheduling things to Facebook, posting to Twitter, and making sure the blog’s Pinterest feed is also full of fun content that we think you’ll love.

Nikki is a great help with administrative things around these parts, but she’s also an incredible advocate and support system for me as an entrepreneur. I always smile when I see an email from her pop up in my inbox because she has such a bright, happy personality that’s infectious.

And the Etsy shop she founded and runs when she’s not working on DGD tasks is much the same way—light, colorful, and full of the types of treasures that all you fellow mid-century-modern-lovers out there will appreciate. In fact, Nikki and I first connected over our love for retro home décor and accents, and I still get a thrill taking a digital wander through the Wise Apple Vintage shop each week. Keep scrolling to see what’s currently on my wish list.

Favorites from Wise Apple Vintage

1. Mid Century Nymølle Denmark Coffee Pot

2. Mid Century Paisley Pedestal Mug

3. Vintage Handwoven Wall Hanging

4. Vintage Danish Modern Carved Wood Salad Servers

5. Vintage Cathrineholm Black and White Enamel Lotus Pot

6. Vintage Virginia Metalcrafters Dogwood Blossom Brass Clip

7. Vintage Geometric Spice Jars from Czechoslovakia

8. Vintage AK Kaiser Bisque Vase

I honestly want to add all eight of those pieces to my cart right this second, but I’ve got to make sure I leave some goodies for you guys, too. Did you know that DGD Tribe newsletter subscribers get an exclusive discount to Nikki’s shop? Sign up here so you can get the coupon code the next time I send out a newsletter (HINT: it goes out next Wednesday).

What’s your favorite piece from that list above? Let me know in the comments, then hop over to Etsy here and give the Wise Apple Vintage shop some love!

Etsy Spotlight: Wise Apple Vintage

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 48

Weekend Inspiration: No. 48

Who else is ready for spring? I was looking back through old photos the other day, and happened to stumble upon these that I took last season with my friend, Bethany. Suffice to say, my reaction to them was instantaneous. I just can’t wait for fresh flowers, green leaves on the trees, and short-sleeve T-shirts to reemerge. What’s your favorite season?

While I may be looking ahead to warmer days to come, I still managed to pick up a whole bunch of creative inspiration looking backward across the week we just had. An Instagram bug that wreaked havoc on my feed actually inspired a bit of housekeeping over in that space, and I’m now following a bunch of new people. If you’re active on Instagram, I encourage you to refresh your following list because you never know what kinds of new ideas it’ll lead to. Evidence below of a few things I picked up on thanks to my own new and improved feed.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 48

1. Studio DIY isn’t a new-to-me feed (I’ve been following along with Kelly for years) but her bathroom renovation reveal is definitely worth mentioning at the top of today’s list. That green tile is so good!

2. Again, this isn’t a new follow for me, but I’m still very into the multiple ways Studio McGee styled out the rooms in this new-build home.

3. I spotted someone wearing these pants on Instagram earlier this week, and now wonder if I could pull them off…

4. Not even thirty seconds after typing the line above this one, I got an email from Madewell saying that you can take an extra 30% off sale items, so now I’m contemplating this, too.

5. Here’s a new account I just started following this week that I can’t get enough of. The DIY wall treatment she finished in her hallway is absolutely mind-blowing.

6. I’m not really a big fan of Instagram ads, but one earlier this week did end up leading me over to World Market because they’re having a big sale through February 18. I ordered this in gray!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 48

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 47

Weekend Inspiration: No. 47

Happy Friday! I’m busy, busy behind the scenes wrapping up a big furniture painting project, so I’m going to keep today’s post on the shorter side, but that just means I’ll have word-heavy things to share here on the blog soon. The story should be going live in just a couple of weeks if all goes well, and I think (at least I hope) that you’re going to love the big reveal.

It is such a pleasure getting to stretch my creative muscles again with another furniture makeover project—I need to do these more often! Would you like to see fresh “Before/After” furniture posts on DGD in 2019? At any rate, keep scrolling in case you’re looking to stretch your own creative muscles this weekend.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 47

1. Here’s a cool furniture makeover story that proves distressed wood can find a place in any modern home.

2. These DIY interior window shutters are such a nice upgrade from the dated folding panels a lot of older homes come with. They seem pretty straightforward to make, too.

3. You guys know I’m all about natural soy candles right now, so this tutorial for a Hidden Crystal Candle caught my eye.

4. Here’s a throwback DGD post about making over a mid-century dresser. Consider it a hint for what’s to come later on this month…

5. I still can’t believe that this handy DIY Rainbow Hook Organizer Rack was made using a $3 supply from Target. Which option would you display in your home—the plain wooden one, or the colorful version?

6. In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, I partnered with Oriental Trading to put together a cool and colorful DIY Colorblock Date Night Ideas Board. Click that link to learn how to make it.

7. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a new entertaining post scheduled bright and early for Monday morning. This is another big project that has me excited right now, and I hope it motivates you to plan something extra special for the holiday next week. Stay tuned!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 47

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